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Colleen Dillon loves to sew. And to craft. And to dress up her adorable daughters (ages 10 and 6) with husband, Patrick, in equally adorable stuff. So when the Royal Oak mom, who has a bachelor of science in nursing, began to get requests from friends to make a hair clip here or a tutu there to give as gifts, she went with it. Then more people asked.

PHOTO 6 - Picture_692_op_758x568In 2006, enough people had asked her to craft her sweet creations that she established Prince and Princess Dreams. Leaving nursing behind to pursue her creative passions while staying home with her young girls, Dillon has developed a knack for coming up with the kinds of cute accessories and embellishments that make moms beg for one in every color.

PHOTO 3 - Picture_650_op_758x568Custom-made poufy tutus for infants up to size 6 (or bigger if you ask her) in a rainbow of possible colors, personalized T-shirts, baby bloomers embroidered with an old-fashioned monogram to peek out from under a dress, fun playtime capes for boys and girls, ribbon-embellished burp cloths (which can be tucked into one of her gorgeous new-mom-friendly Diaper Cakes, with tiers of rolled up diapers), birthday party favors and an endless variety of hair bows, ribbons, clips and headbands are just the beginning (she even creates custom wedding veils and headpieces).

PHOTO 4 - Picture_652_op_758x568The entrepreneur has recently come up with a best-seller that is perfect for campers, athletes and active girls of all ages: headbands made out of swimsuit material. “A friend who is a Jazzercise instructor received a similar one as a gift, and everyone in the class wanted one,” says Dillon. “I already had my hair-accessory business, so I searched for fun and cool materials and patterns. They are so versatile, they are great for tons of sports for kids, and they are a great workout headband for adults. Practical and fashionable!”

Look for Prince and Princess Dreams at Restyle Child in Birmingham, and online at
princessdreamsheadbands.com and princeandprincessdreams.com.

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